The family of Nahid Almanea, the Saudi Arabian student who was murdered in Colchester last month, have appealed directly to her killer to hand themselves in.
At a press conference in Chelmsford Det Con Jane Morgan, who went to Saudi Arabia to meet the family, read a statement from the family that said:
"As a family we have been left devastated by the terrible murder. Nahid was a remarkable and gentle person who was loved for her kind and caring nature. Publicly she was a quiet and dignified lady who chose to pursue her academic studies in order to work towards her phd.
And whilst in England she made the decision that she would respect her heritage and traditions in the way that she dressed and conducted herself.
However, when she was with her family Nahid was a warm and loving person who enjoyed laughter and the company of her parents, siblings and extended family.
We wish to appeal directly to the person responsible for Nahid's death to come forward and hand themselves into the police in order to relieve our suffering and let justice take its course. It is vital that anyone with any information about Nahid's death, no matter how small, contacts the police to share that information."
Nahid was murdered on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester shortly before 11am on Tuesday 17 June on her way to the University of Essex.
It was a short walk from her home in Woodrow Way that she shared with her brother. They had both been in the UK for six months. Nahid, who was 31, was studying at Essex University.
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